Two things that are becoming more and more prevalent these days are game studio closures and piracy. While speaking with Gamerzines, Crytek’s Nathan Camarillo stated the obvious about the two subjects being related. He also noted that used game sales play a part as well. It’s no surprise to hear Crytek speaking so passionately about this as their newest top-shelf title, Crysis 2, is the latest victim of online pirating.
“We can tell how many times it was registered online. A lot of people say that Crytek is whining about piracy, but it’s not. We can see how many times people tried to register it and the numbers are just staggering. It got copied a lot.
But it’s not just about the business of making the game; it makes it hard for all games to succeed when there’s piracy. Between piracy and used game sales, none of that money ever makes it back to the developers or the publishers and that means the profits just have to be that much better the more you spend.
Generally speaking it just makes it hard for good game companies to stay in business. And people wonder why there are so many studio closures… We want to keep providing great games to everyone and as part of that we need people to buy it.”
The relation between studio closures and piracy isn’t exactly mind-blowing news. It’s actually fairly obvious that these two things go hand in hand but seeing studios like Bizarre shut down really brings it close to home for me. I loved some of the stuff they created and while I’m certainly not saying that piracy alone was the cause, I’m sure it didn’t help.